Does degenerative scoliosis ever require surgery?

Like many spine conditions, degenerative scoliosis typically only requires surgery after nonsurgical methods of treatment have been exhausted and symptoms remain debilitating enough to affect quality of life. One of the few exceptions occurs when a patient’s scoliosis is so severe that breathing and certain functions become difficult.

The first step toward finding pain relief is to ask your doctor about the conservative treatments available to you. These conservative treatments focus on relieving pain, improving mobility and promoting spine health without surgical intervention. For many patients, this treatment alone can make the degenerative scoliosis manageable enough to be able to enjoy regular activities.

Before you consider scoliosis surgery

Before you consider surgery for degenerative scoliosis, your doctor may have you try a series of nonsurgical treatments, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Losing weight, improving posture or making other lifestyle changes
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Medication
  • Spinal injections
  • Back bracing
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

Your doctor will most likely require you to continue with your treatment plan for at least several weeks or months before the two of you have an earnest discussion about whether or not scoliosis surgery is necessary.

When surgery is an option

If scoliosis surgery becomes an option, we encourage you to take some time to research the types of surgery available to you before moving forward with a procedure. While a traditional open back fusion or decompression procedures might be an option, minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.

Our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures can treat symptoms related to degenerative scoliosis on an outpatient basis. Our procedures are performed through a small incision using muscle-sparing techniques that mean a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication than patients who choose traditional open spine surgery to treat degenerative scoliosis. To learn more about whether our outpatient minimally invasive spine surgery is right for you, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Let us help you take the next step toward reclaiming your quality of life from the pain of degenerative scoliosis.

To find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, ask a member of our team for your free MRI review.*